The Firm’s Diversity Committee is co-chaired by a member of our Management Committee and the Deputy Managing Partner of the Firm’s Litigation department. Other members of the Diversity Committee include the Firm’s senior chairman, practice group managing partners, hiring partners, assigning partners, chairs of the Firm’s associate affinity networks, and chairs of the Women’s Initiative Committee. The Diversity Committee – in conjunction with our Diversity Management Department (“DMD”) – is charged with developing, implementing and coordinating the Firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Realizing the importance of an integrated approach, the DMD works closely with our Recruiting, Professional Development and Legal Personnel Departments to monitor the effectiveness of our extensive diversity initiatives and programs to further the Firm’s mission.
This ongoing commitment has led to great results, including the increased diversity of our partnership. As of January 1, 2016, the Firm had elected thirty-seven partners worldwide in the prior six years; of these thirty-seven, eight are women, nine are minorities and one is openly gay.
In addition, our lawyers have diverse backgrounds; they speak over 40 languages fluently and they come from approximately 40 different countries and 150 different law schools.